I am feeling rather sheepish about this post. Several months ago I was asked on Facebook if I would share the film simulation settings I use on my Fuji cameras. "Of course!", I said, "I'll write a blog post!". Then work happened, and happened some more, and then suddenly it was December. Anyway, better late than never I guess.
I nearly always shoot on RAW+jpeg settings, but probably only use the RAW files about 10% of the time. The Fuji cameras have the following settings in the film simulations which can be adjusted depending on the look you are after:
NR - Adjusts the amount of noise reduction applied in camera to the image.
HTone - Adjusts only the highlights by brightening or darkening them.
STone - Adjusts only the shadows by brightening or darkening them.
Colour - Adjusts the saturation of the colours in your image
Sharp - Adjusts the sharpness of the image
The XT1 and X70 use the same sensor and so have the same range of settings for the above (-2 through to +2). The X100F has the next generation of sensor and can be adjusted further (-4 to +4) and has additional settings such as grain effect and in camera curve adjustment. So far, I have just used the same settings in my X100F that I use in the XT-1 and X70.
You can set up custom settings in the cameras to store your favourite film simulations. I use three custom settings. I have one for black and white, one for muted colour and one for vibrant colour. Here are the settings:
|B&W||B&W + R||-2||+1||+2||N/A||+1|
|Muted Colour||Classic Chrome||0||+2||0||-2||0|
A few things to note:
- These are starting points for me. I regularly adjust the highlights and shadow details depending on the light, particularly for B&W. Sometimes these settings are a little too contrasty so I dial it back a bit, but if you like a grungy look, these may well work for you.
- The vibrant colour settings only work well in bright sunlight in Britain. If you have a typical overcast British day, they look awful. The colours look very fake indeed. I imagine if you are shooting somewhere like the Mediterranean, or anywhere that has bright sunshine, you are going to get much better results on a regular basis.
- Resist the temptation to ramp up the noise reduction. Setting it too high destroys the detail in the shot.
So Fuji shooters, do you use the film simulations? How do you adjust the custom settings?